COLORADO AVE — Because of the construction on the Exposition Light Rail Line in Santa Monica, parking on the south side of Colorado Avenue from Fifth Street to 17th Street will be relocated to side streets.

This construction will take place Monday, July 9 through Friday, July 20.

Parking spaces will move to Seventh Street from Colorado Avenue to Olympic Boulevard and 9th Street, 10th Street, 12th Street, Euclid Street, 15th Street and 16th Street from Colorado Avenue to Broadway.

“The Expo Light Rail project will necessitate loss of parking on the south side of Colorado Avenue,” said Lee E. Swain, city engineer for Santa Monica. “This [construction] is to replace the Colorado parking loss.”

The construction will consist of removing current striping and markings, installing new striping and markings, removing or relocating parking related signage, meters, wheel stops, handicap ramps and curb paint.

Once the construction is complete, parking south of Colorado Avenue from Fifth Street to 17th Street will be inaccessible.

Swain said that the funding for this specific construction is part of the Expo light rail budget.

“A lot of the funding for the light rail project is through Measure R,” Swain said, referring to a half-cent sales tax approved by voters in November 2008 that is expected to generate $40 billion for transit projects over the next 30 years in Los Angeles County.

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